England thump eight past Norway to book Euro 2022 quarter-final spot

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England thumped Norway 8-0 at the Amex Stadium to record the biggest win in the competition's history and book their place in the quarter-finals of Euro 2022. The tournament hosts scored six times in a rampant first-half display, with Georgia Stanway's 12th-minute penalty and a finish from Lauren Hemp three minutes later being followed by a brace apiece from Ellen White and Beth Mead. That equalled the most amount of goals scored by one team in a Euros match, and England went on to set a new record for the most emphatic victory at a finals, surpassing their 6-0 win over Scotland in 2017, following an effort from substitute Alessia Russo and Mead completing her hat-trick. With the remarkable win seeing them seal top spot in Group A, the Lionesses will be returning to Brighton a week on Wednesday to play the runners-up in Group B - which features Germany and Spain - in the last eight. The demolition job was watched by a crowd of 28,847, from which cries of "football's coming home" rang out at various stages as England's unbeaten run under boss Sarina Wiegman extended to a 16th match with a 14th victory. Their group fixtures conclude with Friday's meeting at St Mary's with now-eliminated Northern Ireland, who had lost 2-0 to Austria earlier on Monday. Asked if it feels like she is in the form of her life, Mead told BBC Sport: "Yes, it does. I'm really enjoying my football, I love being part of this team. Honestly, it's an incredible feeling to feel how I do right now. "I keep saying it, but I can't put it into words, honestly. I'm just loving being here, loving being part of this team and enjoying every minute." Mead added: "I don't think I even dreamt of this, but I'm just so happy I can get the goals again to help the team. Unbelievable night. I can't believe it." The Arsenal striker, who has scored four goals in England's first two games, however, was quick to play down talk of the Golden Boot. She said: "To be fair, I haven't even thought about it. I just want to get goals for my team and help us win." Coach Sarina Wiegman was delighted with both the result and the performance but was quick to keep her players' feet on the ground. Wiegman told BBC Sport: "It was a very special night. We didn't expect to make such a big win as we did, but we played really well, we really exploited their weaknesses and we're really happy.

"But at the same time, it's just one game. We know we're through now, we'll just enjoy the moment and then we just really stay grounded and go to the next game."

Asked about her thoughts as she welcomed her team back to the dressing room at half-time 6-0 ahead, Wiegman said: "What's going on here? That was going through my mind. "We played well, Norway didn't have the answers to our game, they didn't get a press on us and we just worked really well, created chances, scored chances, and it was very enjoyable to watch."

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